New Microsoft Translator for Apple Devices

Translator software technology is expanding out to new devices all the time. When you perform a translation into the software, it may not give you a perfect translation because it doesn’t take into account the grammar and slang so much. But it will give you a basic idea of what the words actually mean that you are translating. So far you have seen this technology in Google, Microsoft and other online translators around the internet. You have also seen translator apps for iPhone and Android devices as well. One of the most popular translator apps is from Microsoft, which is called Microsoft Translator. They have already brought their translator technology to the Apple iPad and iPhone. Now they are going to bring it to the Apple Watch. This will be one of the first smartwatches to have a translator app on it. What is great about this particular app is that it can translate over 50 languages and is the first version to be released for the Apple Watch.

It only makes sense to have a smartwatch translator app because it will be very easy to translate messages or words that foreigners are speaking to you. Instead of having to pull out your Smartphone or tablet every time you have to translate something in real life, you can just look at the smartwatch on your wrist to translate it. This is a faster and more convenient way to conduct translations. It will also save you the embarrassment of having to pull out a device in front of a foreign speaker every time they talk. A translator on your wrist will actually look more professional than one may realize.

 

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The Apple Watch has already gotten the attention of consumers, despite the fact that smartwatches are not really popular devices overall. But as you probably know, anything with the Apple brand is going to attract people. Then with the Microsoft Translator added into the mix, it will certainly turn some heads. The biggest market for the Apple Watch will likely be with international businesspeople that have to deal with foreigners on a regular basis. If it is a wealthy businessperson then they will likely purchase the golden Apple Watch, which will certainly spell out success to whoever sees it on their wrist. As for everyone else, they can still purchase the basic Apple Watch and use the translator to understand their foreign coworkers or neighbors.

How Tile Went from Crowdfunding to 2M Units Sold in Two Years

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There is a new gadget currently in development called “Tile.” It is a small white object that is about the size of a poker chip, which means it can fit into virtually anywhere. You can put it in your wallet, purse, key ring or any small object that you would likely lose. Tile is basically a tracking device that a spy would use if they wanted to follow somebody. But what you can do is put the gadget in something that you would normally lose. That way if you do lose it you can find where your item is by using your smartphone to track the Tile gadget. However, this won’t have long range capabilities. It will utilize Bluetooth technology, which is a short distance wireless technology. Basically what you do is install the Tile app on your smartphone and use that to find whatever object the Tile gadget is connected to nearby. The app will tell you the last place the gadget was tracked, which will help if you don’t remember the last place you used the item. Then when you go to look for the item, the gadget attached to it will make beeping noises that you can hear.

Now you might be wondering what would happen if you were to leave your keys or other personal items on a park bench or coffee shop? How would Bluetooth technology help you then? Well what happens is the Tile gadget keeps communicating with the app on your phone. Then as soon as you step far enough away from the Tile gadget, the app will mark it as “lost.” It will also upload the location of the Tile gadget to cloud servers hosted by the company. Then it will communicate this location back to the owner, so they will see the last place the gadget was tracked.

 

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Tile had originally run a crowdfunding campaign on Selfstarter and through its own website. They eventually ended up completing the project from the donations and later sold two million units of the gadget. Seeing how Tile only planned to create 20,000 units, the vast amount of interest in this gadget was even a shock to the developers. But it proves that there is a big market for objects like this because people are always losing things like their keys and wallet. Tile will finally put these situations to rest by allowing people to track their location and not go crazy over trying to find them. At only $25 per unit, Tile will continue to be a huge seller in the years to come.

 

 

 

5 App Games Made For Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality gaming is about to arrive in a big way, and there are tons of discussions going on about what the best gaming genres will be. But in these discussions people tend to think big, looking at the most significant existing console games and imagining them in VR form. This is probably the right way to go about it, but it’s also important to remember that the first generation of in-home VR games might be a little bit simpler than some are imagining. And with that in mind, one might wonder if app games might actually serve as better foundations for VR than console experiences that are already so big as to be totally immersive.

Gaming in general thrives on detail these days. On mobile devices, PCs and consoles alike, players appreciate big beautiful environments and realistic 3D graphics. The difference is that, on consoles, such environments are about as satisfying as they need to be, and it’s easy to imagine a sort of clunkiness to them in the early transformations to VR. Beautiful app games, however, are small and limited by nature, almost automatically making us long for more. Super-sizing a popular app game and turning it into a VR experience may be a better way to please a lot of gamers.

Whether or not this will happen on a large scale remains to be seen, but in the meantime here are a few popular app titles that illustrate the point across different genres.

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It’s one of the longest-running popular apps available, and it’s always been almost amazingly simple. Fruit flies up in the air, and you cut it up with a swipe of your finger. So why not do it with a VR headset on and more of an actual knife-swiping motion? This has actually already been attempted; an article at PC World revealed efforts by German University students to rig up their own VR version of Fruit Ninja, and it appears the results were satisfying. This would be a nice, simple game for VR developers to start out with.

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It’s been suggested that racing games could be some of the most successful titles on VR.  Wareable’s look ahead at the next year of VR game releases pointed to a couple racing games that are apparently on the way. However, it might just be simpler for developers to adapt an existing game. Real Racing 3 is an incredibly realistic and detailed game for a something that’s played on phones and tablets, and could do wonderfully if it were simply scaled up.

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The trouble with a lot of ambitious VR games is that movement is tricky. An environment can look stunning and real, but it’s tough to interact with it in a way that feels natural. That’s precisely why the casino gaming genre could do well—it requires minimal movement. There actually aren’t too many ready-made casino games featuring a legitimate variety of options, but the array of games at Betfair makes for an intriguing VR concept. Interacting with a full-scale casino (as opposed to just a single poker table or something of the like) could make for a deceptively big VR experience.

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Inevitably there will be plenty of shooters and adventure games released on VR, even if movement within them is at first difficult and unfamiliar. But the recently released Galaxy Of Heroes game could make for a smooth transition toward VR shooters.   EA describes this game as having  an “epic RPG-style combat,” which just seems brilliant for VR. An RPG can be more turn-based, meaning you can enjoy the realistic look of having someone shooting at you without having to figure out how to move around while your face is masked in a headset and your body is on your couch. Not to mention, given the Star Wars resurgence, this particular RPG title would undoubtedly be popular.

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This game might be cheating a bit, because it was actually designed specifically for a VR headset. Well, sort of.  Proton Pulse was designed for Google Cardboard play, meaning it’s a phone app that can be slotted into Google’s VR goggles and enjoyed as if it’s a full-fledged VR experience. Still, it’s probably the best existing example of how easily some app games can be transformed into this new genre of gaming. The game itself is basically a 3D brick buster.

Who knows if we’ll ever see these particular titles turned into VR games. But it’s easy to see how some simpler concepts could work better than full-blown shooter and adventure games.

Better Battery Life? Huawei Creates a Super Fast Charging Battery

The one thing Smartphone users complain about the most is their poor battery life. With all the sophisticated apps out these days, they can drain the power of your Smartphone battery pretty fast. Then you have to find an outlet and spend the next 4-5 hours charging the battery of your Smartphone, which means you cannot use it during that time. Since people can barely put down their phones for more than 2 minutes, this makes it very difficult for them to conduct their daily affairs in a fast and convenient manner.

However, impatient Smartphone users might see their prayers answered after all. The technology company “Huawei” claims it has developed a lithium-ion battery for Smartphones that charges 10 times faster than the regular batteries. Huawei is already known for creating Google’s Nexus 6P, which is supposed to charge faster than other phones on the market. But the problem most Smartphone manufacturers have is they are still using lithium-ion batteries in their mobile devices. Mobile technology manufacturers are racing to be the first ones to create something better than the typical lithium-ion batteries that are in the current mobile devices.

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Huawei’s new lithium-ion battery features a new configuration which allows it to charge up to ten times faster than other lithium-ion batteries. If this proves to be true then it will attract more people to Huawei’s line of wearables, handsets and other mobile networking devices. The tech company already revealed its quick charging batteries during a video presentation last week at the 56th Battery Symposium held in Japan. They demonstrated to the spectators how a 3,000mAh battery that has a 620Wh/L energy density can be recharged to almost 50% within 5 minutes. They also demonstrated how a 600mAh battery could be recharged to 68% in just 2 minutes.

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Huawei seems very optimistic about their recent innovation. This fast charging battery could be used in electric vehicles, mobile phones, wearable devices, digital cameras, and any other mobile device that requires battery power. However, the company is not just stopping here. Their dream is to create an even faster charging battery. They claim they want to develop a battery that could be fully charged while the user is on a short coffee break. This could mean 5-10 minutes at the most, instead of the 2-3 hours it takes for modern day batteries to charge. If everything goes well then Huawei may be selling their batteries to all the major mobile phone manufacturers, so they can put it in their own technology.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820

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There has been information teased to the public about Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 820 computer processor. Some of the information revealed has indicated there is an updated graphics processing unit and an image processing unit, which could significantly improve the quality of future smartphone cameras. The Snapdragon 820 is the next high end mobile chip that will appear in smartphones, virtual reality headsets and tablets during the first half of the year 2016.

Qualcomm has a lot of money and hope riding on the future success of the Snapdragon 820. The company’s current processor, the Snapdragon 810, was already dropped by one of its biggest customers. Qualcomm has not released the name of that customer to the public, but rumors suggest it was likely Samsung because they are using an in-house processor in their new Galaxy S6 smartphone instead of a Qualcomm processor. If this partnership between Qualcomm and Samsung has really ended, then Qualcomm will either need to attract Samsung back to using their processor or they will have to find a totally new company to use their processor. It will all depend on the success of Snapdragon 820. If the processor fails to get picked up by any of the major mobile technology companies, Qualcomm could be in very big trouble.

Qualcomm first introduced the Snapdragon 820 earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress. They talked about their plans for a new 64-bit CPU core that will be called Kyro. Then more recently in Los Angeles at a Siggraph graphics conference, Qualcomm mentioned its visual computing components will be integrated next to its CPU. The GPU will be called Adreno 530, which contains new graphics architecture never used before with previously CPUs. The company says it will give up to a 40% greater performance boost than the previous Adreno 430. It will also use 40% less power as well, which is great news for those who love energy efficiency in their mobile processors.

Even though the Snapdragon 810 did not make it to the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, it was still used in many other devices. Some of these devices include HTC One M9, LG Flex 2, Sony Xperia Z4 tablet and the Xiaomi MiNote Pro. Chances are that the newest versions of these devices will include the latest Snapdragon 820 processor. Since this gives Qualcomm a variety of different mobile manufacturers to work with, it increases their chances of staying strong and surviving the very competitive CPU market.

Apple TV Features Games

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There is a lot of anticipation about the new Apple TV device, which is compatible with almost every smart television. People who regularly use Apple products and software will certainly appreciate Apple TV because it will connect them to their digital Apple products through the television. So instead of having to watch movies on the laptop or computer monitor, users can see them on a much bigger television screen.

One of the key features that Apple is going to focus on with their Apple TV product is its gaming functionality. They are aiming to generate better graphics with more power for the device along with a new remote control that could be used as a gaming controller as well. Then if people want to play the games they purchased at the app store through their iPhone, they can play them on their Apple TV. They will also be able to purchase new games on their Apple TV.

The starting price for the Apple TV is predicted to be about $150, which is a good price when you consider all of the features and convenience you will be getting. However, there has been some speculation generated by the New York Times about how analysts and game executives think it will be difficult for Apple to compete with other gaming consoles, like the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One. That is why the Apple TV will likely only be popular with those who use Apple products already. That way they can benefit from the convenience of using them on their television. But for those who use personal computers and Android devices, it will have to take a lot more than gaming features for the Apple TV to attract them.

Apple is one of the biggest brands in computer technology. They are continuously trying to compete in all aspects of the tech marketplace. Remember that Apple TV is not a service like Netflix, so there won’t be any monthly fees involved. All you have to pay is the initial purchase price. Then you just hook the Apple TV box up to your smart television and you are good to go. Of course, you will need your own internet connection which does cost a monthly fee. But if you were to install a router in your home then you could share your existing connection with your computer and Apple TV. If you have a Wi-Fi connection then you could enable your mobile devices and Apple TV to have the internet as well. Therefore, the Apple TV may sell just on the basis of its affordability. We shall see what the future holds for it.

Apple unveils larger iPad, new keyboard

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The Apple iPad is a tablet device that is basically a bigger version of the Apple iPhone. The difference is the iPad has a much bigger screen and cannot exactly fit in your back pocket like an iPhone. But people still like to use iPads because they are mobile and more convenient to use than a laptop. Up until now, iPads and other tablets contained a virtual keyboard for typing messages on the device. Sure there were keyboard plugins you could purchase, but there was no keyboard that came with the device. Now this is about to change because Apple just announced the development of a bigger iPad that is going to have its own keyboard and stylus.

The iPad Pro was announced recently by Apple CEO Tim Cook. It was revealed that the tablet will have a 12.9-inch screen and will perform similarly to a desktop computer. The keyboard attached to the iPad Pro is going to be a smart keyboard, which folds out from the back of the tablet. That way you can easily put the keyboard away and still carry it around with the tablet. Then when you sit down at a table and want to use the keyboard again, you can just unfold the keyboard right out in front of the screen. It is almost like a tablet and laptop hybrid, except that it is more of just a tablet with a new keyboard attached. For those who still want to tap the screen or use a virtual keyboard, a stylus will come with it. This stylus has been nicknamed “Pencil.”

Speculators are saying that the iPad Pro is going to be great for businesspeople who want something lighter to carry around with them instead of a laptop. The screen is also large enough to where it is on the borderline of being considered a tablet versus being a laptop. But most people put tablets in their briefcases or carrying bags anyways, so the size of the tablet is not really going to be an issue. The convenience of a keyboard will definitely be attractive to businesspeople that are not talented at texting on a screen while using their fingers. Some people just need to type on a traditional keyboard because it is faster for them. So if Apple markets this product to businesspeople, it will likely become a big seller in that market. As for casual users, they will probably keep their current tablet.

 

 

Google is introducing a new device OnHub

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Since its inception, Google seeks to simplify the complicated technology end-users, actually since it was started and has made a real revolution with its Google Internet Search. The last thing that it introduced is a new OnHub device that Asus produces. OnHub device is essentially an enhanced wireless router, easy to use for everyone. Wireless routers are generally kept to the side, out of sight, as they are mostly nondescript, and not particularly user-friendly.

Asus OnHub is there to change these disadvantages.

Thanks to a simple and very beautiful and elegant design, the Asus OnHub could fit into any interior. Depending on your internet package, it brings faster internet connection with wireless devices in its network, and using Google On application for android mobile phones, you will have more options to control the flow of the Internet in your home than ever before. Asus OnHub introduces new technology, Wace Control, which allows users to speed up the Wi-Fi connection to a device by simply waving your hands above your Asus OnHub device.

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Google will also update the software, adding new smart antenna algorithms, which should significantly improve the performance of the device.

Pre-order Asus OnHub device began last week and expected price is around $220.

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